I have been planning events since I was 12 years old and organized a talent show in my neighborhood. I went on to organize dances in high school and college, and then organized benefits, reunions, and concerts as a volunteer. I was given a Commendation by the Mayor of Los Angeles for my work in organizing a benefit for handicapped actors. I have been a professional meeting planner for 15 years, 11 of which I have spent organizing meetings for the David & Lucile Packard Foundation. I have been a CMP since 2004. I have been a member of Meeting Professionals International for 12 years and have been awarded Rookie Planner of the Year and Meeting Professional of the Quarter by that organization. I am a Past President of the Green Meetings Industry Council Northern California Chapter. I have also offered my meeting planning skills to a variety of non profits over the years as a volunteer.